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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Styx will finally treat fans to new music.

The Mission, the classic rockers' 16th studio effort, will arrive June 16 via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album at any of these online retail outlets and Styxworld.com.

First single “Gone Gone Gone” was just released at radio and online retail outlets. A video premiered on Billboard.com and can be seen here.

“The planets truly aligned for THE MISSION, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since PIECES OF EIGHT.”

Founding guitarist James “JY” Young continues, “In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, GRAND ILLUSION, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I’m very excited.”

Recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville, it displays the trademark harmonies of Shaw, Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.

The new music was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team’s big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

“The album feels simultaneously comfortable and new,” observes Gowan. “It’s both entertaining and charming, and a natural progression of our sound.” Concludes Panozzo, “THE MISSION is a sincere and honest representation of how STYX built upon where we were in the 20th century in order to go somewhere new in the 21st century.” And that’s the gist of THE MISSION, STYX’s bold sonic voyage into an exciting new frontier with the goal of discovering how the universe’s mysteries unfold—and then creating the perfect soundtrack to accompany it.

Track listing: 


1. Overture
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
4. Trouble at the Big Show
5. Locomotive
6. Radio Silence
7. The Greater Good
8. Time May Bend
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
10. Red Storm
11. All Systems Stable
12. Khedive
13. The Outpost
14. Mission to Mars

Pre-order link:
https://UMe.lnk.to/TheMission

“Gone Gone Gone” stream or download link:
https://UMe.lnk.to/GoneGoneGone

“Gone Gone Gone” video link:
https://UMe.lnk.to/GGGYT

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The long-awaited return of Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet returns after a six-year hiatus with his new album, Tomorrow Forever. The expansive 17-song work, available in CD, double 180-gram-vinyl LP and digital configurations, will be released on June 16 via Sweet's own newly launched Honeycomb Hideout label through Sony's RED Distribution.

The album is an introspective collection inspired by Matthew's move to his native Omaha and the tragic loss of his mother. From that loss, Matthew overcame writer's block with a burst of creative spirit, recording 38 songs in his newly built full production home studio.

Though Matthew plays and sings on every track, he's joined by a talented group of guest artists including guitarists Jason Victor (Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, Dream Syndicate), Val McCallum (Jackson Browne), John Moremen (The Orange Peels) and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks). His longtime rhythm section of Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush) and Ric Menck (Chastain's partner in Velvet Crush) are joined by the Bangles' Debbi Peterson and there's a keyboard cameo from The Zombies' Rod Argent.

"I just wrote songs, and then it became clear what they might be about," says Sweet. "I was dealing with moving for the first time in 20 years, and with the loss of my mom, just the shock of it all."

When an uncommonly gifted artist trusts and follows the lead of his intuition, the results can be magical. In terms of its musical density, thematic depth, emotional immediacy and sheer scale, Tomorrow Forever could be described as Matthew Sweet's All Things Must Pass. That wasn't the plan -- there was no plan. The music just turned out that way.

"Right after we moved here," says Matthew, "I made this video for Kickstarter, and in it, if anything, I was promising myself that I was going to make a really heartfelt record."

Mission accomplished.

Track Listing:

1 TRICK
2 ENTANGLED
3 PRETTY PLEASE
4 YOU KNEW ME
5 CIRCLE
6 HAUNTED
7 COUNTRY GIRL
8 OFF THE FARM
9 NOBODY KNOWS
10 THE SEARCHER
11 MUSIC FOR LOVE
12 BITTERSWEET
13 COME CORRECT
14 FINALLY
15 CAROL
16 HELLO
17 END IS NEAR

TOUR DATES:


MO 5/15 City Vineyard - New York, NY - City Vineyard 
TU 5/16 City Vineyard - New York, NY - City Vineyard

SA 7/08 Omaha NE - The Waiting Room
SU 7/09 Omaha NE - The Waiting Room
TU 7/11 Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
WE 7/12 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
TH 7/13 Chicago, IL - City Winery
FR 7/14 Chicago, IL - City Winery
SA 7/15 Springfield, IL - Bedrock 66 Music Fest
SU 7/16 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room
TU 7/18 Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
TH 7/20 Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
FR 7/21 Austin, TX - 3TEN Austin City Limits Live
SA 7/22 Austin, TX - 3TEN Austin City Limits Live
SU 7/23 Houston TX - Heights Theatre
TU 7/25 Jackson MS - Duling Hall
WE 7/26 Atlanta, GA - City Winery
TH 7/27 Atlanta, GA - City Winery
FR 7/28 Nashville, TN - City Winery
SA 7/29 Louisville KY - Headliners
TH 9/07 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
FR 9/08 Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
WE 9/13 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
TH 9/14 Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
FR 9/15 Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain
SA 9/16 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
SU 9/17 Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
MO 9/19 Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
WE 9/20 Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
TH 9/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen
FR 9/22 Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
SA 9/23 Port Washington, NY - Landmark on Main Street
SU 9/24 South Orange, NJ - SOPAC

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie duo album, tour

Longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have joined together to record their first-ever album as a duo.

Simply titled LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE, the 10-song album will be released by Atlantic Records this summer, followed by a run of special U.S. concerts. The first single “In My World” is available on all digital and streaming services.

The album will be available June 9 on CD, LP, and all digital and streaming services. The U.S. tour will begin on June 21.

The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. According to Buckingham, “We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, ‘what took us so long?!!’”

Working their natural singer songwriter skills together came easily for the duo. Said Christine McVie, “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”

Sessions for the album took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Fleetwood Mac recorded several of their classic albums, including Tusk. Buckingham and McVie were joined in the studio by fellow bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who supplied much of the dynamic rhythmic engine.

Track Listing:

1. “Sleeping Around The Corner”
2. “Feel About You”
3. “In My World”
4. “Red Sun”
5. “Love Is Here To Stay”
6. “Too Far Gone”
7. “Lay Down For Free”
8. “Game Of Pretend”
9. “On With The Show”
10. “Carnival Begin”

U.S. TOUR DATES

June 21, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Chastain Park

June 23, 2017
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheatre

June 24, 2017
Raleigh, NC
The Red Hat Amphitheater

June 26, 2017
Vienna, VA
Wolf Trap

June 28, 2017
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

June 30, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Mann Center for the Performing Arts

July 2, 2017
Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre

July 3, 2017
Chicago, IL
Northerly Island

July 5, 2017
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage

July 19, 2017
Woodinville, WA
Chateau Ste. Michelle

July 21, 2017
Murphys, CA
Ironstone Amphitheatre

July 22, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Park Theatre

July 25, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theatre

July 27, 2017
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre

Tickets to the general public went on sale today. 


PRE-ORDER LINKS:
CD: https://rrih.no/lbcmcd
LP: https://rrih.no/lbcmlp
Digital: https://rrih.no/lbcmdig
First single “In My World”: https://rrih.no/lbcmig1 (link will be live April 13th at 9pm PST)

For more information, please visit www.buckinghammcvie.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The return of Bleachers

Bleachers have announced their sophomore album Gone Now is set for release on June 2 and available for pre-order now. Previously released track “Don’t Take The Money” along with “Hate That You Know Me” will be available as instant grat upon album pre-order. “Hate That You Know Me” is available now at all digital retail providers.

Click HERE to listen. 

Bleachers will also be embarking on a North American headlining tour this spring. The tour will be kicking off April 25 in New York City.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. 

Jack Antonoff is a three-time Grammy®Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, as well as the creative force behind Bleachers. After serving as lead guitarist in multi-platinum band fun., Antonoff launched his solo project Bleachers in 2014 with the critically acclaimed debut album Strange Desire. 

The album featured the gold-certified “I Wanna Get Better” (which topped Billboard’s Alternative chart) and the #3 Alternative radio hit “Rollercoaster.” Antonoff toured the world for a year and a half in support of Strange Desire. Antonoff is currently gearing up to release Bleachers’ second album on RCA Records. The first single, “Don’t Take The Money,” is out now.

In addition to his work with Bleachers, Antonoff is an in-demand songwriter and producer for other artists, including Taylor Swift (he co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Swift's Grammy®-winning album 1989 including out of the woods), Sara Bareilles (co-writing her Grammy®-nominated hit "Brave”), Zayn (co-writing and producing his No. 2 Hot 100 hit “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”), Sia, Tegan & Sara, Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, Grimes, and, most recently Lorde, having co-written and co-produced her new single “Green Light” and her highly anticipated new album, Melodrama.

Antonoff also founded and curated the annual “Shadow of the City” music festival, which takes place in Antonoff’s home state of New Jersey in the parking lot of the Asbury Park Stone Pony. In addition, this year Simon & Schuster will publish Antonoff’s first book, Record Store — a heavily illustrated anthology of essays, interviews, photographs, and ephemera that will pay tribute to the cherished and endangered cultural institution.

Antonoff is also a passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ rights, having recently collected signatures from 142 high-profile artists, writers, and creators to deliver a message to legislators in Texas considering anti-LGBTQ laws. He is a co-founder of The Ally Coalition (TAC), which encourages allies of the LGBTQ community to take action for LGBTQ equality and support its causes. TAC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few years for local LGBTQ homeless shelters around the US.


Track listing:

1. Dream of Mickey Mantle
2. Goodmorning
3. Hate That You Know Me
4. Don’t Take The Money
5. Everybody Lost Somebody
6. All My Heroes
7. Let’s Get Married
8. Goodbye
9. I Miss Those Days
10. Nothing Is U
11. I’m Ready To Move On/Mickey Mantle Reprise
12. Foreign Girls

Tour Dates:

4/25
Studio at Webster Hall
New York, NY

4/27
The Roxy
Los Angeles, CA

5/14
Shaky Knees Festival
Atlanta, GA

5/20
WKQX PiQniQ @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL

5/21
Slowdown
Omaha, NE

5/23
Rawkus
Colorado Springs, CO

5/24
X96 Spring Thing @ Gallivan Center
Salt Lake City, UT

5/27
Sasquatch Festival
George, WA

6/2
Governor's Ball
New York, NY

6/11
Radio 104.5 Birthday Celebration at BB&T Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA

6/13
The National
Richmond, VA

6/14
The Underground
Charlotte, NC

6/16
Express Live!
Columbus, OH

6/18
Firefly Music Festival
Dover, DE

6/20
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA

6/21
Anthology
Rochester, NY

6/23
Rams Head Live!
Baltimore, MD

6/25
St. Andrews Hall
Detroit, MI

6/27
Deluxe @ Old National Center
Indianapolis, IN

6/28
Delmar Hall
St. Louis, M O
 

6/30
Kansas City Live!
Kansas City, MO

Glen Campbell bids a musical 'Adiós'

Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Adiós, will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and 50 million albums sold.

The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available for pre-order. Pre-order Adiós here: https://UMe.lnk.to/AdiosPR

It was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
In a statement, Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife of 34 years, revealed the genesis of the album, detailed the recording process and explained why Adiós is finally being released.

“A new Glen Campbell album coming out in 2017 might seem a bit odd since he hasn’t performed since 2012, and even more odd – if not absolutely amazing – when you consider that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.

“What you’re hearing when listening to Adiós is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades – giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans, and put one last amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves.”

For Campbell’s final recording session, Glen and Kim turned to Glen’s longtime banjo player and family friend Carl Jackson to helm the production, play guitar and help his old friend. In preparation for the recording, Jackson, who joined Campbell’s band in the early ‘70s as an 18-year-old banjo player, laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice. Jackson encouraged him every step of the way and although Campbell struggled at times because of his progressing dementia, he was clearly ecstatic about being in the studio.

The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston."


Besides the title track, “Adiós,” first popularized by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also sings Webb’s “Just Like Always” and “It Won’t Bring Her Back.” He revisits “Postcard From Paris” with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing the line, “I wish you were here,” resulting in a powerful and heartfelt message of a family singing together one last time.

Adiós sees Campbell putting his spin on several classic songs including “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right,” inspired by Jerry Reed’s version of Bob Dylan’s timeless tune and “Everybody’s Talkin’, a banjo-filled take on the song that Campbell never recorded but famously performed on the “Sonny & Cher Show” in 1973 with a 19-year-old Carl Jackson. 


Campbell’s daughter Ashley plays banjo on the song and joins her dad on several tracks on the album. Other songwriters featured include Roger Miller with “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me),” which begins with a home recording of Miller singing the tune at a guitar pull before going into Campbell’s rendition with Vince Gill on harmonies, Dickey Lee’s honky tonk heartbreaker “She Thinks I Still Care” and Jerry Reed’s Johnny Cash hit “A Thing Called Love.” Willie Nelson joins his old pal for a poignant duet of Nelson’s 1968 “Funny How Time Slips Away” while Jackson tells Campbell’s life story in “Arkansas Farmboy.” 

“I wrote ‘Arkansas Farmboy’ sometime in the mid- to late-‘70s on a plane bound for one of the many overseas destinations I played with Glen between 1972 and 1984,” reveals Jackson. “The song was inspired by a story that Glen told me about his grandpa teaching him ‘In The Pines’ on a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was only a boy. That guitar led to worldwide fame and fortune, far beyond what even some in his family could comprehend.”

Adiós was a labor of love and a way for Glen Campbell to have one more chance to do what he loves to do and leave a musical gift for fans. Campbell, who turns 81 on April 22, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care.

ADIÓS TRACK LISTING

1. Everybody’s Talkin’
2. Just Like Always
3. Funny (How Time Slips Away) (feat. Willie Nelson)
4. Arkansas Farmboy
5. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (intro by Roger Miller)
6. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (feat. Vince Gill)
7. It Won’t Bring Her Back
8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
9. She Thinks I Still Care
10. Postcard From Paris
11. A Thing Called Love
12. Adiós

Sheryl Crow news

Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network for a concert special featuring Sheryl Crow on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and DIRECTV NOW.

As she nears the release of her ninth studio album titled Be Myself - out April 21 via Warner Bros. Records - multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and musician Sheryl Crow will be the featured artist on AT&T AUDIENCE Network.

The show will delve into the star's history in an interview with series host Ted Stryker as well as a full concert featuring her hits and new fan favorites. Watch the trailer for the"Sheryl Crow" concert special (here).

For a sneak peek of the AUDIENCE Network concert "Sheryl Crow," view an exclusive full-song performance of the title track "Be Myself" on Rolling Stone (here).

Sheryl Crow describes "Be Myself" as, "The song speaks to trying to figure out a way to just accept your foibles and embrace the idea of being happy with who you are."

On Be Myself, Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow's classic hits including "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake."


Crow says her main goal was "to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I'd drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn't about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now."

"The other thing that makes Be Myself special to me is that it's really topical,"Crow continues. "This past summer, because of what was going on in the world and particularly in the United States; I began to feel a sense of urgency about writing."


Crow and Trott enlisted Tchad Blake to engineer and mix the sessions with whom they hadn't worked with for 18 years.

Last week on HSN, Crow presented her new signature fashion collection and performed tracks from the new album, plus several of her greatest hits, as part of the retailer's Music City: Nashville special event.

Earlier this morning, she was the featured guest in all three hours of NBC's The Today Show, including a live performance outdoors on the Today Plaza. 


Tomorrow, April 20, Crow will perform her single "Halfway There" and sit for an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Tune in to CBS at 11:35 p.m.ET/ PT and 10:35 p.m. CT.

The Audience Network special will be live streamed on www.directv.com and www.uverse.com.

Sheryl Crow will tour this spring and summer including dates on Willie Nelson's Outlaw tour. 

Dates are as follows:

Apr 22 Tropicana Showroom Atlantic City, NJ
Apr 28 Pepsi Spring Jam Panama City Beach, FL
Apr 29 Walt Disney Theater Orlando, FL
Apr 30 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
May 19 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, UK
June 6 Humphreys by The Bay San Diego, CA
June 8 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
June 10 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
June 11 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
June 21 Wolf Trap - Filene Center Vienna, VA
June 23 Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA
June 24 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
June 25 Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
June 28 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
June 29 Rochester Internat'l Jazz Fest Rochester, NY
July 7 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
July 11 Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN
July 12 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
July 14 Chautauqua Institution Amph. Chautauqua, NY
Sep 13 Red Butte Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT

Tickets for the Outlaw tour go on sale Friday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m local time. More info here: https://blackbirdpresents.com/outlaw-music-festival/

Dates are below:

July 1 Shrine on Airline New Orleans, LA
July 2 Starplex Pavilion Dallas, TX
July 6 Walmart Amphitheatre Rogers, AR
July 8 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI
July 9 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
July 16 Lakeview Amphitheater Syracuse, NY

Bonus Q&A with Local Natives

photo: Nathaniel Wood
In addition to my regular feature on Local Natives that was posted elsewhere on this blog, I decided to include more from my chat with Local Natives singer Taylor Rice... 

Q: Was the new single “I Saw You Close Your Eyes” recorded during the “Sunlit Youth” sessions or more recently? 
A: It originated at the very end of [those] sessions. It was a song from the writing trip we took to Nicaragua. Everybody really loved the song, but we didn’t finish it in time. We recently came back to it.

Q: What kind of reaction have you seen from people accessing the song through the special website? 
A: I really love the range of comments we got back - from very positive and ‘this is really cool and I like it’ to ‘no way you’re gonna video me with my eyes closed, you weirdos!’ I was like, ‘that’s a good point. I didn’t even think about it.’

Q: Regarding the new cover of “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac that you did especially for Spotify and recorded in the same studio as the original: could you sense the 1970s vibe while doing it?
A: It was pretty great to be in the small room where they did vocals and built this stained-glass window in there, because I think Stevie wanted that. And then there was the piano that recorded ‘Sara,’ which is probably my favorite song on ‘Tusk.’ Such a beautiful song...At the last minute, we had done some of our song ‘Fountain of Youth,’ not at that exact studio, but in that same building, which has several studios in it. We had just been there finishing that song six months earlier. 

Q: Now that the latest album has been out for six months, are you happy at how it’s been received by fans? 
A: I don’t think there’s ever a direct answer for that. You always want to be pushing things farther, but I have to say, these shows now have really been amazing. We have three albums now to pick and choose from and spread it out a little bit. The shows have been energetic. It’s been fun to see which songs on Sunlit Youth rise to the top. What people have tended to connect with. I feel the older you get, you’re definitely supposed to get more sick of touring, tired of it and it gets harder and harder. But we’ve been having a really good time. 

Q: “Coins,” from the latest album, finds Kelcey getting real soulful. Did you guys know he had it in him? 
A: We know each other’s voices really well. Knowing that Kelcey has that in him vocally, part of it was ‘it would be so awesome to have a song that has a soul influence on it and give him some open road to go off. That song, Ryan had brought to the table and I think he wrote that the day after the D’Angelo record came out. It was on his mind and something that was different for us, for sure. That is one that right away, fans enjoy listening to live when we play it at shows. 

Q: Can you tell me about the Swedish connection on the album? First, you have Nina from The Cardigans guesting on “Dark Days.” Then you have Little Dragon co-producing “Jellyfish.” Was that a happy coincidence? 
A: We have a band member who is married to a Swede. So maybe we just in general have some affinity there. We love going to Sweden anytime we have extra time. It’s one of our favorite places to tour in the world. Little Dragon we had met and known awhile, we were mutual fans. That came about pretty naturally.

Q: You visited the White House during the last few months of the Obama Administration. What was that like? 
A: So incredible. Really inspiring. We met a woman who worked on Michelle Obama’s team during the whole presidency. She gave us all these tours of the West Wing, the Situation Room and the Oval Office that [normally] you can’t get. We went to one of the holiday parties the White House has right before the transition. We were there as the election was ramping us. Then I went to a holiday party there and met the Obamas right after the election was over. Obviously, it was a really intense time. When I first went there, I was so inspired by the people there. Normally, you think of government as this big black box and you have this vague notion that it’s corruption and everybody’s looking after their own interests. I met and saw so many people and heard about so many people who worked hard and cared deeply about the American public and people of the world. It was a really inspiring moment. We were campaigning pretty hard in the election and it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. So, there was defeat.

Q: Before the album came out, the band did a free concert last summer on the roof of your rehearsal space in Silverlake. Were you surprised you got away with it as long as you did? 
A: We couldn’t believe it. I think we have video footage of us taking bets on how many songs we would get through before it got shut down. I was the biggest believer and said, ‘they won’t shut us down.’ Everybody else said, 2, 3, maybe 5 songs. We played for a full hour. Cops were coming by. There was a police helicopter buzzed by to check it out. But they just let us keep playing and doing our thing. That was a cool moment for us. We were playing on the roof of this building that had been our rehearsal space in LA for about five years. It’s getting torn down now. We wanted to do this as a celebration of the release of our album, but also saying goodbye to this chapter for us. We tweeted [the info] out before and thousands of people came by. We felt really embraced by LA, our hometown. It was a pretty awesome moment.